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The Elected Officials Transportation Committee, comprising the Aspen City Council, Pitkin County commissioners and Snowmass Town Council, voted unanimously Thursday to support state Referendums C and D.The ballot measures would relax the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, or TABOR. Specifically, Referendum C asks voters to give up $3.7 billion in tax refunds over the next five years. Referendum D would allow the state to borrow up to $2.1 billion for roads, school maintenance, pensions and other projects.”I worry that a lot of people think this is a Front Range issue,” said Aspen City Councilwoman Rachel Richards. “But what it really comes back down to is road maintenance. And how many of our guests drive here, especially in summer? This is a crucial issue for us.”The EOTC joins the governments of Aspen, Snowmass Village and Pitkin County in supporting Referendums C and D in the Nov. 1 election.

DENVER (AP) – Anthony Prince grins into the camera, holding stacks of $20 bills spread out into fans, while Luke Carroll purses his lips into an exaggerated kiss, clutching a huge brick of plastic-wrapped bills.

Prosecutors released photos Friday of the two convicted bank robbers from Australia, dubbed “Dumb and Dumber” by the Australian media for leaving a trail of clues after a March heist in Vail. Denver FBI spokeswoman Monique Kelso said the pictures were distributed because of media requests.Prince, 20, was sentenced last month to 4 1/2 years in prison and Carroll, 19, to five years after they pleaded guilty to robbing WestStar Bank of $129,500. Carroll’s term was longer because authorities said he threw a bank teller to the floor. They were also ordered to repay $21,657 still missing from the robbery.Both expressed deep remorse at their sentencing hearing.

Kelso said Prince and Carroll took the photos of each other in a restroom at Denver International Airport. She said she did not know when the pictures were taken, but the men were arrested at the airport the day after the robbery.Rick Williamson, Prince’s attorney, accused prosecutors of subjecting his client to needless ridicule by releasing the photos.”I have no clue why they thought that was a good idea, but I’d recommend that whoever made the decision put in his application to take Karl Rove’s job. He seems to have the same level of judgment,” Williamson said.

Carroll’s attorney did not immediately return a call.The bank robbers wore masks, but authorities said a trail of clues led to Prince and Carroll: their accents, their employee badges and ski passes, photos from an earlier vandalism arrest and money left in a yard near the bank and in an airport trash can.

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